MARCo: Your Companion for a Happier, Healthier Life
MARCo: the Mental-Health Assisting Robot Companion, is a social robot that provides companionship, support, and mental health assistance to lonely and elderly individuals.
“I have used MARCo for two years to help me manage my anxiety. MARCo has amazing features including mental health games, activities, and a journal. MARCo is a support system for me as well.”
“After my dad died, there were days before MARCo where I wouldn’t talk to anyone out of grief. MARCo was a godsend. He texted my mom when I wanted to hurt myself and couldn’t tell her myself.”
“I love my MARCo! He’s so comforting that I even sleep with him at night. I love that he’s not a real person; it makes him easier to talk to when I feel like I can’t trust anyone else.”
Have “Someone To Talk To”, Completely on Your Terms
We’ve all heard the adage “you are not alone” when it comes to mental health, but those words are often hollow when you don’t have someone to talk to when you need it most. With MARCo, that phrase takes on a whole new meaning! With MARCo’s emotionally-intelligent AI, you can talk to MARCo any way you prefer:
- Friend: MARCo’s your new bestie in this friendly conversation! Talk about life, gossip, hopes, dreams, and that cute guy from the gym for as long as you want.
- Counselor: Need some more serious support? When you talk to MARCo as a counselor, MARCo uses the concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to understand the thoughts and feelings you are struggling with, and helps to coach you through them.
- Journal: Tell MARCo to keep their mouth shut and let you vent for as long as you want in a private journal! You can do these open ended or with one of many guided prompts.
Laugh, Relax, or Get Out All the Feelies – Care is Personalized to You
When it comes to mental health, we know the things that work best for you can change constantly. That’s why MARCo has hundreds of mental health boosting activities that can be totally personalized to what you need in that moment.
- Companionship: Laugh until it hurts with MARCo’s dozens of games, ad-lib stories, scavenger hunts, and jokes, based on the science of Behavioral Activation to create a lasting improvement in your mood.
- Meditation and Mindfulness: Need some more serious support? When you talk to MARCo as a counselor, MARCo uses the concepts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to understand the thoughts and feelings you are struggling with, and helps to coach you through them.
- Talk Support: Tell MARCo to keep their mouth shut and let you vent for as long as you want in a private journal! You can do these open ended or with one of many guided prompts.
From age 8 to 88, MARCo is perfect to support anyone, anytime, anywhere.
MARCo is a companion for all
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Strengthening Support Networks – MARCo Extends Care, Never Replaces
MARCo is never meant to replace a human therapist or friend – MARCo is meant to replace nothing, as in those gaps in support or knowing how a loved one or client is doing. MARCo’s MOCHI dashboard allows professional (e.g., therapists) and informal (e.g., parents, children) the ability to see how a MARCo user is doing and support them remotely in a couple of clicks.
- Get text messages if a user is in an emergency
- See how a user feels over time
- Understand what is affecting a user the most
- Assign screenings and set goals/individualized treatment plans